Photos by Frank Baldé
With “organisational centre-pin” Taku gone to set up the turntable concert and and Jorgen electing to not present his sequencers himself (a choice I fully support, even if I wished I had known about it sooner; in the end it worked out fine) it seemed up to Marc (One Man Nation) and me to organise the sequencing session ourselves. It was starting to look like the daring session on popular music was getting a bit more daring still….
Kassen starts with demonstrating some analog sequencers from and prepared by Jorgen Brinkman, STEIM’s instrument designer and trance music producer. He mentiones the elaborate preparations necessary to ‘program’ the sequencers, which make them difficult to use in live performances.
About Ableton Live: it’s an easy to use software when you prepare your setup, but it’s more difficult to make pieces on the spot. New musical ideas are difficult to implement live.
Kassen uses the programming language Chuck to make music, initially triggering events using keys on the computerkeyboard. When making housemusic there are 8 beats to a loop. He’s using the Arcade controller, with the 8 step joystick, to place sounds on the 8-step grid.
This year’s Jamboree is the second one. You can read all about the first installment on the 2006 Micro Jamboree Blog.
Kjetil comes from the KTH Computer Science and Communication where he is a PhD researcher. He burns for scratching and loves the sound but after practicing for an hour he decided that he was no longer interested in learning to scratch. His interests are in scratch analysis and interface design. He shows us a fascinating video of his own practice which centres on the designing interfaces for new scratch style music.
Kjetil outlined the mix of old and new technology that makes up turntablism. He claims that hip-hop has demanded a new form of instrument that is now concerned not just with rhythm but also melody. On the topic of the turntable metaphor, differing from Taku he does not believe in the rotating disc metaphor for media playback. He believes that scratching has reached a turning point in popularity after its high in the 90s.